“After culinary school I landed a six month contract at Singita Lebombo and Sweni to cover for Jane, a chef from the local community, who was going on maternity leave. Soon after my arrival on the property it became evident that Singita is more than just a Luxury Safari Lodge. The caliber of staff you work along-side, become your family; you share an equal passion for excellence, pristine environments, conservation and ultimately delivering an unforgettable, unique and honest service to guests. It later became apparent that six months was not long enough for me! The bush steals your heart, the smell of the rainfall on the hot soil relates to something deep within ones soul and being a part of the Singita team is a dream come true for anyone who has an appreciation of African wildlife.

I was given so many opportunities to grow within Singita; my managers supported me and my creativity was never questioned. I love how the company is run under a brand ethos – where style boundaries are set, standards are established and performance is monitored.

I left Singita five years later, after accomplishing so much. Singita, without any doubt, moulded me into the chef I am, as well as the adult I am proud to be today. Three years later I still talk about the Singita group to friends as – ‘we’ have two lodges in the Kruger National park… which emphasizes the fact that you do not work for someone, at Singita you become a part of a team, a family, where together you work in aiding the world we live in, to become a better place! I never said a proper goodbye- because I know I’ll be back!”

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